Thursday, February 29, 2024

PH tissue maker Sanicare dumps Microsoft, jumps to the cloud

With cloud computing becoming more powerful and cost-effective each day, a local manufacturer of home and facial paper products has made the big shift to the cloud to support and fuel its rapid business growth.

Sanicare's move to the cloud was announced at the recent SuiteWorld 2016 confab in San Jose, California
Sanicare’s move to the cloud was announced at the recent SuiteWorld 2016 confab in San Jose, California

At the recently concluded SuiteWorld 2016 conference in San Jose, California, cloud vendor NetSuite said tissue maker Sanicare has replaced Microsoft Dynamics GP, multiple Excel spreadsheets, and manual processes by subscribing to NetSuite.

Sanicare is now using NetSuite to run business processes across 22 sales offices including financials, order management, reporting, shipping, bill of materials, multi-location inventory management, and multicurrency management in Philippine peso and Indonesian rupiah.

NetSuite said Sanicare can also expand quickly to manage high order and invoice volume, as well as operational efficiency and the agility to get the system up and running while having a real-time view into its business performance.

NetSuite also stressed that its SuiteCloud Platform can also enable Sanicare to build industry specific functionality, in addition to EDI integrations with its retail partners such as SM, Puregold, Robinsons, Waltermart, and Ever Gotesco.

Sanicare, founded in 1996, had previously used Microsoft Dynamics GP, but the company said the system could not keep up with the rapid pace of its expansion.

It said the software would freeze up under high order volume, and was not properly integrated with separate inventory systems. This, it claimed, created costly inventory imbalances because it could not adequately account for raw materials and finished goods shipments.

Furthermore, Sanicare said the lack of integration among its business systems made reconciling orders and managing relationships with suppliers a grueling, time-consuming process. A warehouse fire, which damaged the on-premise ERP servers, added to the company’s data woes.

Despite this, Sanicare said it still looked into on-premise solutions even as its brands gained traction through corporate and institutional clients, as well as independent retail channels.

But after careful evaluation, Sanicare eventually selected NetSuite and worked with local NetSuite partner CloudTech to implement the cloud solution in six months.

Because NetSuite offers end-to-end ERP with financial and inventory data unified in a single system, Sanicare said it has complete control over the value chain and visibility across all its locations.

The resulting efficiencies, the company said, have helped to decrease order processing times, reduce the number of hours spent on financial analysis, and improve its ability to monitor profitability and results in real-time.

?Before NetSuite, we did not have a comprehensive view of our business, only islands of information,? said Ven Sio, president of Sanicare. ?The control we now have over our raw materials and finished goods is critical to our continued growth.?

By moving to the NetSuite cloud, Sanicare said its vital records and data-driven relationships are no longer at risk from fire or other disaster events.

Sanicare said it is also planning to tap the demand planning capabilities of NetSuite to further refine its production schedules.

?We now have the tools to understand how our business is performing at all times, from the largest retail store down to the smallest shops,? Sio added.


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